Archives LAW & FGM (2019)
A discussion on the theme “Law and FGM” was organized within the Community of practice on FGM in July and August 2019 with the aim to encourage an exchange of experiences, from different countries, on how to best use the law as a tool in the anti-FGM strategy. In the thematic note we look at the legal measures taken to eradicate FGM, both in high-prevalence countries and low-prevalence countries, we also highlight some of the common critiques against the implementation of anti-FGM laws.
Three human rights experts were invited to participate in the discussion:
- Fatou Janssen, human rights lawyer working on women’s rights in Africa ;
- Anne-Marie Middelburg, independent consultant and human rights researcher ;
- Brenda Dora, human rights lawyer specialised in women’s and children’s rights.
The members of the Community of practice were invited to share their experiences and impressions on the following topics:
- What have been the effects of an anti-FGM law in your country?
- Has it been beneficial? Has the law had any negative or undesirable effects?
- Which have been the difficulties in implementing laws?
- Do you think countries should have specific anti-FGM laws or integrate FGM under other laws (child abuse, violence against women…)?
- How do we avoid stigmatization of families and communities (in high prevalence or low prevalence settings)?
- How should countries best deal with the issue of consent – should FGM be illegal independently if it is practiced on a girl or on a consenting woman?
“The Community of Practice on Female Genital Mutilation” is part of the “Building Bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM” project, supported by the “UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM”.
The project is coordinated by AIDOS in partnership with GAMS Belgium.
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